We will support the police in the performance of their duties.
Labour will provide officers, police community support officers and civilian staff with the equipment and people they need to provide effective policing services. On Theresa May's watch, police numbers have been cut by 20,000. Last year, there were an estimated 6.1 million incidents of crime experienced by adults in England and Wales. Almost every police force in the country recorded an increase in crime, with worrying rises in some of the most violent offences, including gun and knife crime and homicide. Labour will recruit 10,000 more police officers to work on community beats, equivalent to at least one more for every neighbourhood in the country.
The violence and brutality of the recent attacks, the targeting of innocent people going about their ordinary business is a depravity familiar from similar attacks across Europe, the Middle East and beyond.
That is why we are ready to consider whatever proposals may be brought forward by the police and security services more effectively to deal with the terrorist threat. If Labour is elected we will commission a report from the security services on Friday on the changing nature of the terrorist threat. Our priority must be public safety and I will take whatever action is necessary and effective to protect the security of our people and our country that includes full authority for the police to use whatever force is necessary to protect and save life as they did last night as they did in Westminster in March.
You cannot protect the public on the cheap the police and security services must get the resources they need not 20,000 police cuts. Theresa May was warned by the Police Federation but she accused them of “crying wolf. As Labour set out in our manifesto we will recruit another 10,000 new police officers including more armed police who need to be properly rewarded as well as 1,000 more security services staff to support our communities and help keep us safe.
But it is the timing of the attacks in London and Manchester that we must also address, the aim of the terrorists is plainly to derail our democracy and disrupt or even halt this election. The general election is of course about the democratic choice between the Labour and Conservative parties and our very different visions and plans for the future of our country. But it is also now about something even bigger it is about the struggle between terrorism and democracy itself.
The mass murderers who brought terror to our streets in London and Manchester want our election to be halted, they want democracy halted. They want their violence to overwhelm our right to vote in a fair and peaceful election and to go about our lives freely. That is why it is so important that you go out and vote today.
The choice you face on today is a Conservative party which has made clear it will press on with another five years of austerity and cuts to essential public services to pay for even more tax handouts to the richest and the big corporations.
Or the Labour Party, which is guaranteeing 95% of taxpayers will pay no extra tax but is asking the best off and the largest companies to pay a bit more to fund our hospitals, police, schools, decent pensions and childcare to invest in good jobs and a growing economy for the many not the few. We don’t hesitate to make the case for more tax from those who can afford it.
It is taxation that underpins our peaceful, tolerant and civilised society the police, security services, fire and rescue service, our NHS they have all suffered cuts to pay for tax giveaways for the big corporations and the very richest. In Plymouth we felt the effects of austerity and that’s why we will increase funding in flood prevention and halt the cuts that threatens to close hospitals, A&Es and maternity units.
We are the fifth richest country in the world, it doesn’t have to be like this, and that is why the Labour Party will end austerity and lift the public sector pay cap our nurses, firefighters, police, doctors and paramedics deserve a pay rise. They cannot just get warm words for their heroism, they deserve our respect every day.
If a Labour Government is elected on 8 June we will be asking the Commissioners of the Met Police and the British Transport Police for the names of those whose bravery should be commended, to acknowledge their heroism and of many others in our emergency services and among the public who intervened in the recent attacks.
At this time it is more important than ever that we stay united in our communities it is the strength of our communities that gets us through these awful times as London Mayor Sadiq Khan recognised but which the current occupant in the White House has neither the grace nor the sense to grasp. Whether we are Muslim or Christian, black or white, male or female, gay or straight, we are united by our values, by our determination for a better world, and that we can build a better society.
Our democratic values must be maintained we must resist Islamophobia and division and turnout today united in our determination to show our democracy is strong, however you vote. Yes we do need to have some difficult conversations starting with Saudi Arabia and "other Gulf states that have funded and fuelled extremist ideology. It is no good Theresa May suppressing a report into the foreign funding of extremist groups. We have to get serious about cutting off the funding to these terror networks, including Isis here and in the Middle East.
No government can prevent every attack sometimes the most depraved and determined will get through but the responsibility of government is to do everything we can to minimise the risk. Labour has spent this campaign setting out our detailed plans and costed policies for a fairer and better Britain.
Today, we have a real to chance to invest and to build a country that reflects the best of us that we saw on the streets of London and Manchester a country that is truly for the many not the few.